Prophet Amos (8th c. b.c.). St. Jonah, metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow, and all Russia (1461).
Martyrs Vitus (Guy), Modestus, and Crescentia, at Lucania (ca. 303). Martyr Dulas of Cilicia (ca. 305-313). Blessed Jerome (Hieronymus) of Stridonium (419-420). Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430), and his mother St. Monica of Tagaste (387). Great-martyr Tsar Lazar of Serbia (1389). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore the Sykeote, bishop of Anastasiopolis (ca. 9th c.). St. Ephraim II, patriarch of Serbia (1395). Monk-martyrs Gregory, abbot, and Cassian, monk, of Avnezh Monastery (Vologda) (1524). St. Dulas the Passion-bearer, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Michael, first metropolitan of Kiev (992). St. Symeon, archbishop of Novgorod (1421). Sts. Sergius and Barbara of Oyatsk, monastics, parents of St. Alexander of Svir (1477-1480).
“Marianica” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Synaxis of the New Martyrs of Serbia. St. Cedronus, patriarch of Alexandria (107). Martyr Hesychius the Soldier, of Dorostolum, and two others, in Moesia (302). St. Orsiesius of Tabennisi, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (ca. 380). St. Abraham, abbot, of Auvergne (Gaul) (477). St. Spyridon, patriarch of Serbia (1388). Apostles Fortunatus, Achaicus, and Stephanas (1st c.).
Repose of Elder Theophan of the Roslavl Forests and Optina (1819), Blessed Jonah, fool-for-Christ, of Peshnosha Monastery (1838), Metropolitan Innocent of Peking (1931), Elder Cosmas of Valaam and Riga (1968), and Elder Anthimus of St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (1996).
Wednesday. [Rom. 11:2-12; Matt. 11:20-26]
The Lord showed many signs in
Capernaum, Bethsaida and Chorazin; yet the number of those
who believed did not correspond to the power of the signs.
That is why He severely denounced these cities and
sentenced them: in the Day of Judgment it shall be more
tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah, than for
these cities. We need to judge ourselves according to such
a model. How many signs has the Lord shown to Russia,
saving it from the most powerful enemies and subduing
peoples to it! How many treasures has He granted it,
pouring out unceasing signs—in the holy relics and
miracle-working icons scattered throughout all of Russia!
And yet in our days Russians are starting to turn aside
from the faith: one group is falling into total unbelief,
another group is falling away into Protestantism, a third
group is secretly weaving their own beliefs, thinking to
combine spiritism and theological ravings with Divine
Revelation. Evil is growing; evil beliefs and unbelief are
raising their head, while faith and Orthodoxy are
weakening. Will we not come to our senses? … We
will end up like the French, for instance, or
others.… But if that happens, how do you think it
will be for us on the judgment day, after God has shown so
many mercies to us? O Lord! Have mercy and save Orthodox
Rus’ from Thy just and righteous threatening!